A federal magistrate judge in California has handed a win to two consumer classes suing Hain Celestial, finding that labeling cosmetics "organic" when they do not meet the state's legal definition of that term violates consumer-protection statutes.
A combination of 68 Democrats and Republicans joined Chairman K. Michael Conaway in introducing this bipartisan bill that will effectively repeal country-of-origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and chicken, while leaving intact the requirements for all other covered commodities.
Canada plans to seek permission to retaliate against U.S. imports after a World Trade Organization ruling that U.S. meat labeling laws are discriminatory, Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said on Monday.
Senators who favor the labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients hope to use the amendment process to pass a labeling measure in the Senate, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Feb. 12.
The U.S. lodged an appeal on Nov. 28 to challenge a World Trade Organization ruling it says failed to bring its meat labeling laws into line with global trade rules.
Canada and Mexico won a WTO ruling three years ago that said the U.S. rules illegally discriminated against imported meat.
Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMO) spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis.
Packaged foods sold in the United States would display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of added sugar under a proposal to significantly update nutritional labels for the first time in 20 years as health officials seek to reduce obesity and combat related diseases such as diabetes.
Members of a select House-Senate panel on Wednesday targeted for potential repeal a U.S. meat-labeling law that Mexico and Canada have challenged as a violation of world trade rules, and that U.S. meatpackers also oppose.
OMAHA, Neb. — In a statement with implications for the 2012 presidential race, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in Omaha, Neb., on March 5 that the Obama administration remains committed to a stronger rewrite of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration rule and to the country-of-origin food labeling (COOL) program that has been challenged by the Canadian and Mexican governments at the World Trade Organization.
WASHINGTON — Consumers Union, organic food producers and the Union of Concerned Scientists said April 20 that the U.S. government should not oppose mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified or engineered ingredients.
WASHINGTON — California Sen. Barbara Boxer says many poultry consumers are getting an unhealthy dose of sodium with their bird these days, the result of injections of salt-water during processing that are designed to give the chicken more flavor.
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